Old 07-20-2005, 04:30 PM   #1
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Unhappy Truck-Train Collision Turns Fatal-Michigan

Truck-Train Collision Turns Fatal
York Township Roadway Closed To Traffic

POSTED: 9:48 am EDT July 20, 2005

A fatal collision between a train and truck has closed a Washtenaw County road Wednesday morning.

The crash occurred along East Arkona Road, between Sanford and Gooding roads, in York Township, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department. The truck was fully engulfed in flames, the sheriff's department said.

Police have closed Arkona Road while they investigate at the scene, according to ClickOnDetroit.com partner Traffic.com. Gooding Road, Oakville-Milan Road, Willow Road and Sanford Road were suggested as alternate routes.

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Old 07-20-2005, 05:33 PM   #2
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Dump Truck Driver Killed In Train Collision
Investigators Say Driver Pulled Into Train's Path

POSTED: 9:48 am EDT July 20, 2005
UPDATED: 1:23 pm EDT July 20, 2005

LYON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A dump truck driver was killed in a collision with a train Wednesday morning in Washtenaw County.


Christopher Danny Thomas, 36, of Clayton, was killed on his way to work at about 8:15 a.m., Local 4 reported. Thomas was eastbound on Arkona Road, between Sanford and Gooding roads, when the crash occurred, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department.

The dump truck, which was towing an empty equipment trailer, stopped at a stop sign at the train tracks on Arkona Road, and then pulled into the path of an oncoming train, said Sheriff's Commander Dave Egeler in a report by The Ann Arbor News.

The intersection does not have an arm that lowers when a train is passing, according to the paper's report.

Egeler said it appeared the driver started to move the truck in reverse, but the trailer jackknifed. The sheriff's commander said their investigation indicated the driver "decided he was going to cross the tracks anyway."

The engineer saw the dump truck in the train's path, but was unable to stop, although the train was not moving at a high rate of speed, Egeler said.
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Old 07-20-2005, 06:49 PM   #3
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Which railroad was involved?
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:25 PM   #4
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That would be the Norfork Southern.
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i wanna to tell u something.
maybe the driver of the truck cross the pass of the train from the left side that there is no arms in it right?
and may be his truck stopped suddenly(broked down) and he still in it hoping that the truck will turn on at the last time and he was afraid from losing it.
any way i can say that there is must be more safe for people from accidents of trains all over the world.
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The intersection does not have an arm that lowers when a train is passing, according to the paper's report.
The dump truck was hit by the train on the passenger side, and the trailer dislodged and came to a rest in a ditch, according to the paper's report.

The truck was fully engulfed in flames after the crash, the sheriff's department said.

Thomas -- a father of six children -- was killed instantly, according to investigators.

No injuries were reported on the train.
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the intersection does not have an arm
im sorry i have read it (the intersection does have an arm)
so may be the second suggestion is right about the car is broken down and he still in it (just suggestion).
im really donot trust all articles that written in papers.
so wat about yur piont of view about the reason of this accident donna
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From what I heard on the news just now, the crossing didn't even have lights or the usual warning bell. Too bad we can't get the driver's side of the story.
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yea but from my point of view that the company of this line or any other line all over the world should put aman in the crossing that warn the cars and people that cross the crossing and this man should know about all the trains times in his time of working and there should be acontact between him and the central control tower to know about the urgent times of locos .
this is the solution from my point of view for this crossing and every crossing like at any place in the world.
im really donot know wat will happened to the 6 children of this man and wat will they do after death of their dad
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Investigators Say Driver Pulled Into Train's Path
I'm sorry I am not making light of this man's death but do they pay these guys for this?
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yea but from my point of view that the company of this line or any other line all over the world should put aman in the crossing
dodi4200 there are just too many crossings in the US for that to be practical.
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Exclamation Grade crossing accidents

I don't mean to come accross as indifferent, but no matter what kind of lights or crossing arms you put across a road, people will still cross in front of trains.

I've seen cars and pedestrians cross the tracks right in front of a moving train
countless times, despite blaring horns, bells and lights.

Granted this truck driver may not have had any warning lights and his truck may have truly broken down on that crossing. Either way he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Obviously it wasn't his "day".

The only fix is an underpass or overpass and I doubt that anyone will pay for that, if they didn't even have gates or lights there to start with.
I bet the tracks were there long before the road was built.

Grade crossing accidents are a part of railroading, just like accidents between
cars and semi trucks on highways and interstates are a part of driving.

No amount of money or training will ever eliminate these accidents.
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